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Sarah Morrissey in the
yellow lace ‘Juliette’ dress
(€1,695)  from
Louise Kennedy’s spring
summer collection.
LEON FARRELL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Sarah Morrissey in the yellow lace ‘Juliette’ dress (€1,695) from Louise Kennedy’s spring summer collection. LEON FARRELL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Thalia
Heffernan wears the
‘Eliza’ navy/white print
dress (€695),  from
Louise Kennedy’s spring
summer collection.
LEON FARRELL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Thalia Heffernan wears the ‘Eliza’ navy/white print dress (€695), from Louise Kennedy’s spring summer collection. LEON FARRELL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

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Sarah Morrissey in the yellow lace ‘Juliette’ dress (€1,695) from Louise Kennedy’s spring summer collection. LEON FARRELL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

IRISH women may find yellow a difficult colour to wear, but not if they put themselves in the deft hands of designer Louise Kennedy.

Her dresses in buttercup and primrose, in fabrics like lace, tweed and jersey, were the stars of her spring/summer 2012 collection, showcased at her Georgian home on Merrion Square in Dublin yesterday.

Invited guests loitered after the show to investigate the multi-use designs, especially Louise's take on making the mother-of-the-bride outfit work for its keep after the big day.

"We decided this season that, OK, we love glamour but that is just one aspect, so let's take that jacket and deconstruct it to show how to wear it after investing in your wedding or races outfit," she said.

Models stepping across the designer's hallway showed a variety of styling options, taking the Margo coat (€995) in angora/cashmere and dressing it down with a capri blush silk blouse (€595).

Blush was the go-to colour after yellow, but the fresh appeal of the Amy lace dress (€1,195) in ink blue was a standout.

Later she explained how she creates her palette with an eye on our weather.

Light

"I think that's the secret of it. We like our brights but only with a really strong blue undertone because it suits our Irish light," Louise said.

This season Louise has taken her love affair with jersey to a new level, introducing shapes like the Lia and Megan that puddle over the hips or drape from the shoulder.

The Naomi in red jersey (€695) was a hit at the show while the Thalia one shouldered dress (€695) is more suited to one of Louise's younger customers.

The 50s-inspired silk-lined 'Suzy' fitted jacket (€895) and 'Sophia' skirt (€595) were showstopping.

They captured the essence of Grace Kelly, a theme which runs strongly throughout this collection.

The designer told how, after seeing the 1955 Mercedes cream roadster that Grace Kelly drove in the movie 'To Catch A Thief', she was totally smitten.

Irish Independent